Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Governments construct the labour relations framework through legislation and regulation. Employment Law examines the contract of employment and the various sources of law that interact with and have an impact upon the relationship between individual employer and employee; legislation, awards, industrial agreements and the common law of contract. Adopting a problem based learning approach using contemporary case studies accommodates the development of research, analysis and communication attributes.

This course is not available to students who have completed LEGL2004 or LAWS5009 or LAWS6024.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the importance of the unique contract which is the contract of employment and its role in determining individual relations between employers and employees in the workplace

2. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the sources of law which shape the contract of employment

3. Explain how the relationship of employer and employee is identified

4. Define the life cycle of the contract of employment from its formation to its termination

5. Interpret common law obligations owed by employers and employees under the contract and the great impact of statute on this contract

6. Investigate solutions to employment issues and problems based on research and interpretation of current employment legislation.

7. Recognise the legal, social and equity implications of appropriate business practice and ethical conduct.

8. Communicate in written formats appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.


The major topics to be covered are:

  1. Introduction to Employment Law in Australia
  2. Distinguishing employment contracts from other legal arrangements for getting work done
  3. Overview of sources of law determining employment rights and obligations
  4. Minimum statutory entitlements
  5. Awards
  6. Enterprise agreements
  7. Remuneration and leave
  8. Loyalty, control, performance management and discipline
  9. Unfair work practices
  10. Enforcement of obligations and dispute resolution
  11. Discrimination and victimisation
  12. Work, Health and Safety
  13. Termination of employment contracts
  14. Remedies for Wrongful and Unfair Termination


Students must have successfully completed LEGL1001. This course replaces LEGL2004. If you have successfully completed LEGL2004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Two written assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.